As you probably know, Salted Caramel goodies have marched into the societal limelight, and seem to be loved by everyone. I must admit, I do love a bit of a salted caramel treat (or more truthfully a lot of) in the form of a soft delicious cookie or fluffy cupcake. However, I thought I would try out reverting back to simply caramel in all its glory when I saw a recipe for Caramel Cupcakes in the Primrose Bakery cupcakerecipe book.
If you have a love for caramel or salted caramel then these are definitely for you. They taste just delicious, and although take a little bit more effort to make than your everyday cupcake, they are absolutely worth it! These cupcakes are sweet as candy (literally) and have a soft and delicate texture. What’s more, the decoration makes them look almost too good to eat. Almost.
With recipes that are more complex than normal, I find it’s best to prepare the ingredients beforehand so you can concentrate on the instructions.
Aren’t ovens wonderful creations turning yummy gloopy mixture into fluffy goodness…
Make sure you let the cakes cool in the tins before transferring them to a wire rack. Then make sure you let them cool completely before decorating.
When I went to the shop to buy the ingredients for these cakes, I was on a Daim bar hunt and instead came across something far better… Cadbury Dairy Milk with Daim bar in it! I also discovered Dairy Milk bars that I had never seen before – Chips Ahoy and Nutty Caramel. I’ll definitely have to find a way to get these into a delicious recipe!
To decorate, you can use caramel buttercream icing (recipe below) or a simple vanilla frosting would work (but not as well, and seeing as you’ve come this far you might as well go to the effort of making the delicious matching buttercream too!) Then I finely chopped a Cadbury Dairy Milk dime bar to sprinkle on top, and drizzled the cakes with the leftover caramel sauce. Scrumptious.
For me, going to the extra effort with these cupcakes was totally worth it. I also gave half of them away as a birthday present for my aunty, so spending my whole day baking was worth it!
Do you prefer salted caramel or prefer to stick to the original plain caramel? Do you too spend your weekends baking away special cakes like these to make Monday mornings more bearable? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section…